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Louis Smith has received an apology from Virgin Trains East Coast, after tweeting that a waiter asked “the only two black passengers” on one of their services “if they were meant to be in first class”.

The Olympian was travelling on one of the company’s trains on Thursday evening when he revealed on Twitter the man next to him had challenged the waiter on his actions.

He wrote; "Well this train journey certainly got a lot more interesting and political!!! The man serving tea...

The number of racist incidents in universities across the UK has surged by more than 60 per cent in two years, The Independent can reveal.

The data, from freedom of information requests, has prompted calls for universities to do more to tackle racism amid concerns that the numbers could be much worse due to underreporting.

Racism is happening every day on campuses across the UK, the National Union of Students (NUS) say, but often students do not tell their university as they...

The Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell has been accused of anti-Semitism after the leftie newspaper rejected one of his pieces.

The drawing depicted a dead Palestinian nurse burning in a fireplace.

Razan al-Najjar, 21, who was killed in Gaza clashes, was shown between Theresa May and Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

Millions of Jews died in ovens at Nazi concen­tration camps during World War Two.

Denying claims of anti-Semitism, political satirist Bell 57, told...

The southern German state of Bavaria's decree about hanging crosses in public buildings has gone into effect. The rule, as well as the motives behind it, has left Bavarians and local authorities scratching their heads.

Starting on June 1, nearly all state authorities in Bavaria are required to have a cross hanging in their foyers meaning that anyone turning in their taxes, reporting something to a police station, or entering an administrative court will be greeted by a cross in the...

The Illinois man accused of painting swastikas on more than 200 gravestones across Memorial Day weekend has had a long history of run-ins with the law, reportedly ranging from trying to punch an officer to writing letters to a judge blasting the country’s “crooked” legal system.

Timothy V. McLean, a 34-year-old from Glen Carbon, was charged this week with several felonies for the alleged acts this past weekend at Sunset Hill Cemetery.

But it is not the first time he has been...

Her sitcom “Roseanne” returned in March after a two-decade absence to enormous ratings on ABC.

Network executives were celebrating their strategy of appealing to wider swaths of the country after Donald J. Trump’s surprising election win and the president himself called Ms. Barr to congratulate her on the show’s large audience.But on May 29 that all came crashing down.

ABC abruptly canceled “Roseanne” hours after Ms. Barr, the show’s star and co-creator, posted a racist tweet...

The incident occurred at about 1.30pm on May 28 on a Thameslink network in London.

The Bengali woman, who is in her 20s and wears a hijab, was with her mother when she noticed the man staring at her.

Speaking to Tell MAMA, an organisation highlighting anti-Muslim abuse, the woman said she felt threatened by his stares, disheveled appearance and open can of alcohol in hand.

He then began slurring the phrase ‘dirty fucking bomber’ within earshot of the woman and several...

Starbucks closed 8,000 company-owned USA stores at around 2 pm local time on May 29 as a first step in training 175,000 employees on racial tolerance.

"We understand that racial and systemic bias have many causes, sources, and ways of showing up within each of us and in our communities", says one of the training videos from the preview.

According to the Perception Institute, the consultants who helped design the training, unconscious bias refers to the attitudes - both positive...

As part of a growing call for European governments to push for the protection of the Palestinians from Israeli violence in the occupied territories, some 4,500 pairs of shoes were laid yesterday at the European Council building in Brussels to commemorate Palestinians killed in the past 10 years.

The unusual protest was organized by a global activist group ahead of the meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels to urge them to take action over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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An anti-Islam rally was held by far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in country's capital Berlin on May 27.

Speaking to media before the beginning of the rally, AfD board member Beatrix von Storch criticized German football player of Turkish origin Mesut Ozil.

Currently playing for English giants Arsenal, Ozil, 29, was born in German city of Gelsenkirchen with Turkish parents. Ozil has also been playing for German national football team since 2009 and the Arsenal star...

ZDF commentators consistently described Meghan Markle and her guests as "exotic" and were fascinated by her black hair. The public broadcaster has been roundly condemned by news outlets and people on social media.

German public broadcaster ZDF was heavily criticized on Saturday for its sometimes questionable coverage of the royal wedding.

Social media users and news commentators found its coverage revealed deep-set racism among German media. The broadcaster responded that it...

Police in Greece's second-largest city say they have arrested two people as suspects in an attack that left the mayor of Thessaloniki hospitalized.

Mayor Yiannis Boutaris of Greece's second-largest city was hospitalized Saturday with head, back and leg injuries after being set upon by nationalist extremists.

Thessaloniki City Council President Calypso Goula said Boutaris was attending a flag-lowering ceremony Saturday in commemoration of the so-called "Pontic Genocide," the...

L'Avenue, a Paris restaurant popular with celebrities, has a system in place to keep out people with Arabic-sounding names and women in headscarves, an investigation by BuzzFeed News in France shows.

BuzzFeed News spoke with four servers who worked at L'Avenue for several years, one until very recently. The four former employees claim that their management routinely instructed them not to make reservations for people with names "of Arab origin" or tourists from the Middle East,...

Starbucks has landed itself in yet another storm of criticism after a branch in California printed a racial slur on a cup.

A man named Pedro, who is of Hispanic descent, had ordered two drinks at the La Cañada Flintridge Starbucks on Tuesday.

When Pedro's drinks were delivered to him he noticed that the derogatory word 'beaner,' a term used against Mexican and Hispanic people, was written on them.

While Starbucks staff are well known for making a hash of people's names ...

Guatemala has opened its embassy in Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of the United States that inaugurated its embassy in the city two days prior, in a move that has triggered international condemnation. 

Wednesday's development comes amid widespread anger and protests in the occupied Palestinian territories, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or Catastrophe.

The event marks the day when Israel was created in a violent campaign that led to the expulsion of...